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Defending Mental Health Disability Employment Claims

By: Storrs Downey, Capital Member We are seeing a significant increase in mental and developmental disability claims brought before both the EEOC and Illinois Department of Human Rights.  An escalating number of employees with alleged depression, bipolar disorder, autism, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorders and anxiety disorders among other mental health conditions are asserting discrimination, ADA and retaliation claims against their…

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By: Margery Newman, Income Member Due to a historical unwillingness to utilize minority and female-owned businesses in the construction industry, public bodies in Illinois have instituted diversity programs. These programs are designed to increase the number of minority and female-owned businesses in the construction industry. For ease of reference, both of these groups will be referred to as Disadvantaged Business…

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7th Circuit Restricts Extent of Medical Leave Under ADA

By: Storrs Downey, Capital Member While all employers with 50 or more employees must provide their employees up to 12 weeks of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), less clear is how much additional time beyond those 12 weeks an employer must provide its employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The new Seventh Circuit Court…

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By: Storrs Downey, Capital Member We have previously written an article on religious accommodations,“Religious Accommodations In The Workplace: Practical Lessons,” DRI’s In-House Defense Quarterly Magazine, Summer 2016, and continue to keep a close eye on how the courts are addressing religious protections within the context of the employment setting. In 2016 Mission Hospital, Inc., a North Carolina corporation, was sued…

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Employees are Giving Companies “the Finger” Over Use of Biometrics

By: Jessica Jackler, Associate You may have heard about biometrics in the news lately involving certain tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Snapchat. Biometrics are unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprints, that can be used for automated recognition. Although more commonly recognized in the consumer context, the use of biometrics in the workplace is now leading to lawsuits against major…

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5 Things To Know About Fighting Your Property Tax Increase

By:  Bob Bramlette, Income Member Our state still can’t pass a budget! Illinois universities, high schools and grade schools continue to receive less funding from Springfield. The unfunded pension obligation for Chicago Public School teachers is astronomical. As a result, local school taxing bodies are forced to request more from property owners. Here are 5 things to know in order…

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